Support Groups for Caregivers offered by Family Caregivers Network in an area near you.
improved relationships within the family structure.
When you are a caregiver, finding time for positive, nurturing interactions with others might seem impossible. Support Groups help you see that your situation is not intolerable and that you are not alone in your feelings and experiences. Support Groups offer a safe place to share, seek, give and get advice regarding practical information and emotional help. It is a resource to find other people who have been or are currently struggling with being a caregiver. Without the support of other people you may not have the mental strength to deal with the turmoil of emotions (sadness, anger, guilt, or resentment), that every caregiver experiences at sometime or another. You owe it to yourself to find time for you and get the support you need. As a caregiver, your informal networks and peer groups become a lifeline to your strength as a caregiver. Give yourself permission to attend one today.
10 Tips for Family Caregivers
- Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved ones' illness or disability always take center stage.
- Take respite time. Remember to be good to yourself, love honor and value yourself. Youíre doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time for you.
- When people offer help accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do. Hire intermittent private caregivers to help.
- Watch out for signs of depression, and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it.
- Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.
- There is a difference between caring and doing. Promote your loved oneís independence as much as possible.
- Trust your instincts, they will lead you in the right direction.
- Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
- Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen. Speak to your local, state, and federal constituents about your needs and wants as a caregiver.
- And last seek support from other caregivers. There is strength in knowing you are not alone.
We currently have 2 Caregiver Support Groups open to anyone caring for someone. Held the 2nd and Last Thursday of the Month at 6pm. Dinner included. Come meet other family members who are dealing with the same issues. Establish new friendships and support. Check out calendar of events for more information or call our office and speak with Gerry or Sandy who facilitate the support groups.